Monks from the Shaolin Temple dole out Laba porridge to tourists in Zhengzhou, China. The Laba Festival, celebrated on the eighth day of the 12th month of the lunar calendar, falls on January 24 this year. This traditional Chinese holiday is regarded as the prelude to Chinese New Year, reminding people to begin their preparations for the coming festivities and to return home to reunite with family. The ancient Chinese custom was to sacrifice dried vegetables and meat to the God of agriculture, to pray for a good harvest for the next Laba Festival. It is customary on this day to eat Laba porridge, which is typically made of at least eight ingredients.
Happy Laba Festival! 腊八节快乐! Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year celebrations, 过了腊八就是年! Who else is getting excited for the Chinese New Year?!
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Hope everyone's had a great #腊八节! || #Laba : falling on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, #LabaFestival was originally an occasion for people to give sacrifices to their ancestors, and to pray to heaven and earth for a good harvest and good luck for the family. Many years later, it has become a Laba porridge eating event - a porridge that contains different types of rice, beans, dried nuts, bean curd, and meat. ...
4 heads of raw garlic
500ml of white rice vinegar
Separate heads of garlic to cloves
Soak garlic cloves with skin in room temperature water
Peel garlic skin off, cut away the ends
Wipe dry peeled garlic cloves
In the dry glass container, soak garlic cloves in white rice vinegar
Keep refrigerated till garlic cloves turn emerald green
The ripening process will take around 20 days. When it’s just right to eat, the colour of both garlic cloves and vinegar will turn to a beautiful shade of emerald green.
Only garlic prepared on the Laba Festival, the 8th day of 12th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar will the garlic turn green, on other days will not, stays white.
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